|Mount Baker, Washington--a Hazardous Beauty: Image of the Day - NASA -- Astronaut photographs eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS008&roll=E&frame=15491 ISS008-E-15491 and eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS008&roll=E&frame=15493 ISS008-E-15493 and were acquired February 12, 2004, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with 80- and 400-mm lenses (respectively), and are provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The spaceflight.nasa.gov/ International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.|
The Cascade Range is an arc of volcanoes that extends from southwestern British Columbia to northern California. One of the six major composite volcanoes (formed by alternating layers of extruded lava and compacted ash) is Mount Baker in northern Washington. Close to the Canadian border, Mount Baker is about 85 miles north-northeast of Seattle and 65 miles southeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. This beautiful, snow-capped peak dominates the skyline from Bellingham, Washington to Vancouver, an...
Keywords: What -- Columbia; What -- Crater; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- California; Where -- Washington; Where -- Vancouver
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|William Smith's Geological Map of England: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
Before the late eighteenth century, residents of England didn't necessarily take much interest in the rocks under their feet. The arrival of the Industrial Revolution, however, drew the attention of the country's entrepreneurs downward. England's industrialists began plunging deep underground for coal -- the fossilized remains of ancient swamps -- and carving canals across the countryside to transport it efficiently...
Keywords: What -- GRASP
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|Work Is a Spacewalk - NASA|
During the STS-131 mission's first spacewalk, astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson (out of frame) moved a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the station, retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly on one of the truss segments. Image Credit: NASA
Keywords: Who -- Rick Mastracchio; Who -- Clayton Anderson; What -- STS-131; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter
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|Extratropical Cyclones near Iceland: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory. Image interpretation provided by Dave Santek and Jeff Key, University of Wisconsin-Madison.|
A cyclone is a low-pressure area of winds that spiral inwards. Although tropical storms most often come to mind, these spiraling storms can also form at mid- and high latitudes. Two such cyclones formed in tandem in November 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite took this picture on November 20. This image shows the cyclones south of Iceland...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Iceland
|Heavy Snow in U.S. Midwest: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center|
A severe winter storm hammered the Midwestern United States on December 1, 2006. According to news reports, the storm iced roads, canceled flights, broke tree branches, left more than two million homes and businesses without electricity, and temporarily shut down part of Interstate 40 in central Oklahoma. Several deaths were linked to the storm, including deaths from traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Oklahoma; Where -- Canada; Where -- New York; Where -- Chicago
|Smoke from Siberian Taiga Fires : Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov/ MISR Team. Text by Clare Averill (Raytheon / Jet Propulsion Laboratory).|
During the 2003 fire season, blazes in the taiga forests of Eastern Siberia were part of a vast network of fires across Siberia and the Russian Far East, northeast China and northern Mongolia. Fires in Eastern Siberia have been increasing in recent years, and the 2003 spring and summer seasons are the most extensive recorded in over 100 years. Overall, the Russian Federation experienced a record-setting fire year, with over 55 million acres burnt by early August, according to the www.fire.uni-fr...
Keywords: What -- MISR; What -- Earth; What -- Terra; Where -- China; Where -- Mongolia
|Global Surface Temperatures in 2005: Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies|
The year 2005 was likely the hottest year in more than a century. According to a study by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) examining temperatures around the world, 2005 was either the warmest or tied for the warmest ever recorded. According to the GISS team, global warming is now 0.6 degrees C (about 1 degrees F) over the past 30 years, and 0.8 degrees C (about 1.4 degrees F) over the past 100 years...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS); Where -- Pacific Ocean
|Island Universe' in the Coma Cluster - NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA|
A long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image shows a majestic face-on spiral galaxy located deep within the Coma Cluster of galaxies, which lies 320 million light- years away in the northern constellation Coma Berenices. The galaxy, known as NGC 4911, contains rich lanes of dust and gas near its center. These are silhouetted against glowing newborn star clusters and iridescent pink clouds of hydrogen, the existence of which indicates ongoing star formation...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope HST; What -- Coma Berenices; What -- Wide Field Planetary Camera 2; What -- Camera 2; What -- Advanced Camera for Surveys
|Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
Just around the corner from the Antarctic Peninsula, the Pine Island Glacier has been the focus of scientific attention for many years. Observations over the past few decades show that the glacier has lost elevation and that the ice shelf's grounding line--where the glacier loses contact with the ground and begins to float--has retreated inland. Large numbers of deep crevasses are a sign that parts of the glacier are moving rapidly...
Keywords: What -- Landsat; Where -- Amundsen Sea; Where -- Lima; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
|Fires in Portugal: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided by the NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team.|
The devastating fires that raged across Portugal in July and August 2005 did not spare the country's largest park their fury. In central Portugal, almost the entire range of the country's highest mountains, the Serra da Estrela, are part of a national park, in which a rural economy of agriculture, including herding of goats and sheep, co-exists with scenic views, significant cultural and historical sites, and good examples of glacier-carved topography...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- Portugal
|Tropical Cyclone Indlala: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.|
On March 14, 2007, storm-weary Madagascar braced for its fourth land-falling tropical cyclone in as many months. Cyclone Indlala was hovering off the island's northeast coast when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image at 1:40 p.m. local time (10:40 UTC). Just over a hundred kilometers offshore, the partially cloudy eye at the heart of the storm seems like a vast drain sucking in a disk o...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; What -- Earth; Where -- Madagascar
|Amazon Deforestation, Mato Grosso, Brazil: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA images courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Rapid Response Team at Goddard Space Flight Center. Map by Robert Simmon.|
In the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, verdant green Amazon Rainforest is broken up by broad tracts of pale green and tan deforested land. In 2005, the www.brazilsf.org/brazil_press7.htm government of Brazil said that 48 percent of Amazon deforestation that took place in 2003 and 2004 occurred in Mato Grosso. The transformation from forest to farm is evident in the photo-like images, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Brazil
|Rhapsody in Black - NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute|
This silhouette of Saturn was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Feb. 13, 2010. Although the sun is eclipsed by Saturn in this dramatic image, some sunlight scatters through the uppermost part of the atmosphere to reach Cassini's cameras. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Keywords: What -- Saturn; What -- Cassini; What -- Sun
|In the Beginning - NASA|
NASA's first administrator T. Keith Glennan shows then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, Chairman of the Senate's Aeronautical and Space Sciences Committee, a sample of the aluminized Mylar film used to fabricate the 100-foot-diameter, automatically inflatable Echo I balloon. Project Echo was the U.S.'s first passive communications satellite that was launched on Aug. 12, 1960. NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, began operations nearly two years earlier on Oct...
Keywords: Who -- Lyndon B. Johnson
|Landslide Buries Valley of the Geysers: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.|
Geysers are a rare natural phenomena found only in a few places, such as New Zealand, Iceland, the United States (Yellowstone National Park), and on Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula. On June 3, 2007, one of these rare geyser fields was severely damaged when a landslide rolled through Russia's Valley of the Geysers. The landslide--a mix of mud, melting snow, trees, and boulders--tore a scar on the land and buried a number of geysers, thermal pools, and waterfalls in the valley...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; What -- Earth; Where -- New Zealand; Where -- Iceland; Where -- The Valley; Where -- United States of America
|Cyclone Nargis Floods Burma (Myanmar): Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
The first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean was a devastating one for Burma (Myanmar). According to reports from Accuweather.com, earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14810 Cyclone Nargis made landfall with sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts of 150-160 mph, which is the equivalent of a strong Category 3 or minimal Category 4 hurricane. News reports stated that at least 10,000 people were killed, and thousands more were missing as of May ...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Indian Ocean; Where -- Myanmar; Where -- Yangon
|Floods in Northeast India: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC, which provides rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/?FAS_Bangladesh/2007255 daily images of India and Bangladesh.|
India's Brahmaputra River was already flooded in early August (bottom image), but those floods turned out to be small compared to the floods that hit the river in early September (top). The river flooded for the third time in 2007 when monsoon rain pounded northeastern India, Bhutan, and Bangladesh in September, reported the news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6988590.stm BBC on September 11. As these images illustrate, the September floods were the worst of the year, forcing the Indian government to...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; What -- Visible Light; Where -- Bhutan; Where -- Bangladesh
|Little Galaxy With a Tail - NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI|
This infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. T The image shows the main body of the Small Magellanic Cloud, which is comprised of the ''bar'' and ''wing'' on the left and the ''tail'' extending to the right. The bar contains both old stars (in blue) and young stars lighting up their natal dust (green/red)...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; Where -- Small Magellanic Cloud; Where -- Large Magellanic Cloud
|Supersonic Green Machine - NASA|
This future aircraft design concept for supersonic flight over land comes from the team led by the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The team's simulation shows possibility for achieving overland flight by dramatically lowering the level of sonic booms through the use of an ''inverted-V'' engine-under wing configuration. Other revolutionary technologies help achieve range, payload and environmental goals...
|Dust and Smoke off Africa: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image by Reto Stockli, Earth Observatory Team, based on data provided by the MODIS Science Team|
eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/4000/4608/afraer_6fps_sm_sor.mov small ( 6.7 MB Quicktime) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/4000/4608/afraer_6fps_sor.mov large (22.3 MB Quicktime) Numerous times between January and mid-June 2004 the skies over the Atlantic Ocean were filled with a river of particles flowing from Africa (right) to South America (left). Both particle pollution from smoke (red, indicating small particles) and dust (gold, indicating large particles) were regul...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Aqua; Where -- Atlantic Ocean
|Eruption of Sicily's Mt. Etna: Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC|
On October 28, 2002, the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of the ongoing eruption of Europe's largest and most active volcano, Mt. Etna, on the island of Sicily. The volcano's thermal signature was detected by MODIS and is marked with a red overlay. On the northern slopes of the volcano, the thermal signature is possibly a second lava flow...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; What -- Earth; Where -- Mediterranean Sea
|Freezing WISE's Hydrogen - NASA|
A scaffolding structure built around NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, allows engineers to freeze its hydrogen coolant. The WISE infrared instrument is kept extremely cold by a bottle-like tank filled with frozen hydrogen, called the cryostat. The cryostat can be seen at the top of the spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Dynamics Lab
Keywords: What -- Explorer; What -- WISE
|Stellar Shrapnel - X-ray: NASA/CXC/Penn State/S. Park et al. Optical: NASA/STScI/UIUC/Y.H. Chu & R. Williams et al.|
This composite image shows N49, the aftermath of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud. A new long observation from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals evidence for a bullet-shaped object being blown out of debris field left over from an exploded star. In order to detect this bullet, researchers used Chandra to observe N49 for more than 30 hours. Using the new Chandra data, the age of N49 -- as it appears in the image -- is thought to be about 5,000 years and the energy of the...
Keywords: Where -- Large Magellanic Cloud
|Dust Plumes off Libya: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
Two-toned dust plumes blew northward off the coast of Libya on October 26, 2007, as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite took this picture. While plumes in the west are beige, reminiscent of the Sahara's sands, the plumes in the east are distinctly darker. The differences in color can be traced to the plumes's varied origins...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Libya; Where -- Mediterranean Sea
|Fire Damages Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
In late February 2008, Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park suffered a major blow when an accidental fire scorched a large section of the relatively small (188-square- kilometer) park. Located in central Kenya, the park is most famous for the flocks of flamingoes that congregate to graze on the cyanobacteria that thrive in the shallow, alkaline lake. But the surrounding marshes, woodlands, and savanna also provide habitat for some of Africa's famous large mammals, including white and black rhinocer...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- Kenya
|Dust Dampens Hurricane Formation: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data processed and provided by Chelle Gentemann and Frank Wentz, remss.com/ Remote Sensing Systems. Tropical storm and hurricane tracks provided by the University of Hawaii's www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/tropical.html Tropical Storm Information Center.|
After 2005's record hurricane season, Caribbean, Gulf Coast, and East Coast residents braced for more destruction in 2006, but the devastating storms never came. Although 2005 had witnessed 12 tropical storms and 15 hurricanes -- five of which made landfall -- 2006 saw only four tropical storms and five hurricanes. No hurricanes made landfall in the United States in 2006. Warm sea surface temperatures help fuel hurricanes, and in 2006, those temperatures were cooler than expected...
Keywords: What -- EOS; Where -- Maryland; What -- Aqua; What -- Ozone Monitoring Instrument; What -- Aura; Where -- Caribbean Sea; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Atlantic Ocean; Where -- Florida; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
|North Atlantic Bloom: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image courtesy Norman Kuring, Ocean Color Group at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
Reminiscent of the distinctive swirls in a Van Gogh painting, millions of microscopic plants color the waters of the North Atlantic with strokes of blue, turquoise, green, and brown. Fed by nutrients that have built up during the winter and the long, sunlit days of late spring and early summer, the cool waters of the North Atlantic come alive every year with a vivid display of color. The microscopic plants, called that give the water this color are the base of the marine food chain...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; Where -- Greenland; Where -- Iceland; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
|Plume from Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER Science Team. Thanks to Greg Vaughan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for image interpretation.|
In early September 2007, Tanzania's Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano erupted, sending a cloud of ash into the atmosphere. On September 4, 2007, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov (ASTER) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image of the volcano sending a plume of ash and steam southward. The volcanic plume appears pale blue-gray, distinct near the summit, and growing more diffuse to the south...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; What -- FAST; What -- Crater; What -- Earth; Where -- Tanzania
|Huygens on Titan - ESA|
In 2005 the robotic Huygens probe landed on Titan, Saturn's enigmatic moon, and sent back the first ever images from beneath Titan's thick cloud layers. This artist's impression is based on those images. In the foreground, sits the car-sized lander that sent back images for more than 90 minutes before running out of battery power. The parachute that slowed Huygen's re-entry is seen in the background, still attached to the lander...
Keywords: What -- Huygens Probe; What -- Titan; What -- Moon; What -- Earth
|Testing for the Future - NASA/Franklin Fitzgerald|
The Lunar Electric Rover (LER) is being tested at NASA Johnson Space Center's planetary analog test site. The LER will be part of the Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) Analog Field Test in Arizona in September. Image Credit: NASA/Franklin Fitzgerald
Keywords: Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Arizona
|Unusually Intense Rain Floods Southern Africa: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
Heavier-than-normal rainfall in January 2008 brought flooding to parts of southern Africa. The hardest hit areas included Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. Up to 120,000 people were displaced by the flooding, and 45 fatalities were reported, said news reports. The floods were also expected to have a severe impact on crops. This image shows the unusually heavy rainfall that caused the floods...
Keywords: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM); What -- Earth; Where -- Zimbabwe; Where -- Zambia; Where -- Malawi; Where -- Mozambique; Where -- Indian Ocean; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
|A Burst of Spring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona|
Spring has sprung on Mars, bringing with it the disappearance of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice) that covers the north polar sand dunes. In spring, the sublimation of the ice (going directly from ice to gas) causes a host of uniquely Martian phenomena. In this image streaks of dark basaltic sand have been carried from below the ice layer to form fan-shaped deposits on top of the seasonal ice. The similarity in the directions of the fans suggests that they formed at the same time, when the wind dire...
Keywords: What -- Mars; What -- Polar; Where -- Arizona
|SDO Launches - Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance|
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, SDO, launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Space Launch Complex-41 at 10:23 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. SDO is the first satellite of NASA's Living with a Star (LWS) program. From its geosynchronous orbit, SDO will point its instruments at the sun, conducting groundbreaking research that is expected to reveal the sun's inner workings by constantly taking high resolution images, collecting readings from inside the sun and measuring its m...
Keywords: What -- Solar Dynamics Observatory; What -- Atlas; What -- Sun; What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Earth
|Flooding on the White River: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
Meandering across a wide, relatively flat plain, the White River of Arkansas is no stranger to flooding. With regularity, spring rains push the river over its banks, inundating the flood-adapted forest that surrounds it. The White River played a role in one of the most destructive floods in the history of the United States. In the spring of 1927, the lower Mississippi River and many of its tributaries, including the White River, burst their banks, covering about 26,000 square miles...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- Arkansas; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Mississippi
|Learning Can Be a 'Drag' - NASA/Eric James|
When Ajay Ramesh and Prithvi Aiyaswamy, two seventh graders from Chaboya Middle School, San Jose, Calif., visited the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center they found that the principles of fluid mechanics are not such a 'drag' after all. The two youngsters both showed up for their experiment with a half dozen toy cars they found at home. ''Our project is to find the best design shape that has the least amount of drag,'' said Aiyaswamy...
Keywords: Where -- San Jose; Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC)
|Currituck Sound, North Carolina, USA: Image of the Day - NASA -- The featured astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS014&roll=E&frame=6971 ISS014-E-6971 was acquired November 1, 2006, with a Kodak 760C digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center. The image in this article has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.|
North Carolina's Outer Banks -- known as Pine Island in the area shown in this image -- protects a network of interconnected waterways, including Currituck Sound, a shallow, 3-mile-wide water body; the North River; and the well-known Albemarle Sound. Wakes from barges on the Intracoastal Waterway appear on the North River, which provides a connection between the Hampton Roads area to the north and Pamlico Sound to the south...
Keywords: Where -- North Carolina; Where -- Texas
|A Light in the Sky - NASA/Ed Schilling|
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa spacecraft streaked across the sky like a saber of light through the clouds as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere over the Woomera Test Range in Australia. In Kingoonya, the spacecraft's re-entry was visible to the human eye for only 15 seconds. Image Credit: NASA/Ed Schilling
Keywords: Where -- Japan; Where -- Australia
|Steershead Ice Rise: Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy the nsidc.org/ National Snow and Ice Data Center, based on data from NASA's Aqua and Terra MODIS sensors.|
The MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica (MOA) has offered a new view of the frozen continent with unprecedented detail. Released in the fall of 2005, the map has been compiled from 260 images of Antarctica acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) sensors on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra and aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellites. MOA includes all land areas covered by the Antarctic Treaty, based on imagery collected between November 20, 2003, and February 29, 2004...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Aqua; What -- Earth
|The Jets of Enceladus - NASA|
On Jan. 31, 2011, NASA's Cassini spacecraft passed by several of Saturn's intriguing moons, snapping images along the way. Cassini passed within about 37,282 miles of Enceladus and 17,398 miles of Helene. It also caught a glimpse of Mimas in front of Saturn's rings. In this image, Cassini snapped a picture of the famous jets erupting from the south polar terrain of Enceladus. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI
Keywords: What -- Cassini; What -- Enceladus; What -- Mimas; What -- Polar
|Floods in Argentina: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA images courtesy the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.|
Already swollen from late summer rain, Argentina's Parana River and its tributaries burst their banks under the onslaught of extreme rain during the last week of March 2007. When the clouds cleared on April 3, 2007, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured the top image of the floods in the Santa Fe and Entre Rios states, where the flood damage was worst...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Visible Light; Where -- Santa Fe; Where -- Argentina
|Earth's Horizon - NASA|
Earth's horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for Atlantis' aft section while it was docked with the International Space Station during the STS-132 mission. Image Credit: NASA
Keywords: What -- International Space Station ISS; What -- STS-132
|Seasonal Rain Floods Africa's Sahel: Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the pps.gsfc.nasa.gov/tsdis.html TRMM Science Data and Information System at Goddard Space Flight Center.|
Africa's Sahel region, a margin of semi-arid grassland around the southern limit of the Sahara Desert, gets most of its rainfall between June and September when the band of earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=4028 near-perpetual thunderstorms that hover around the equator shifts north. In 2007, the final months of the rainy season brought unusually heavy rainfall to much of the Sahel and the tropical savannas to its south, causing floods in river basins from the Atlan...
Keywords: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM); Where -- Sudan; What -- Earth; Where -- Indian Ocean; Where -- Nigeria; Where -- Ghana; Where -- Senegal; Where -- Mali; Where -- Uganda; Where -- Chad
|Newly Discovered Antarctic Lakes: Image of the Day - NASA -- nsidc.org/data/moa/ MODIS mosaic of Antarctica courtesy National Snow and Ice Data Center|
Across the rippling, crevassed whitescape of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, two unusual shapes appear in this grayscale satellite image of the frozen continent. The smooth, dark gray oval shapes are slight depressions in the surface of the ice sheet that trace out the shorelines of two lakes that are buried several thousand meters (more than 2 miles) deep in ice. Scientists recently published the first thorough description of the size, depth, and origin of these two large lakes, called 90 degrees...
Keywords: What -- TRACE; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Europa; What -- Terra; What -- Aqua; What -- Columbia
|Twitchell Canyon Fire - NASA|
The Expedition 24 crew aboard the International Space Station photographed the Twitchell Canyon Fire in central Utah on Sept. 20. The fire near central Utah's Fishlake National Forest is reported to cover an area of approximately 13,383 hectares, or 33,071 acres. This detailed image shows smoke plumes generated by several fire spots close to the southwestern edge of the burned area. The fire was started by a lightning strike on July 20, 2010...
Keywords: What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Earth; Where -- Utah
|Young Achievers - NASA|
From left, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Associate Director for Science Carl Wieman; NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver; Billings, Montana, Central Catholic High School student Mikayla Nelson; Phoenix, Arizona, South Mountain Community College student Diego Vasquez; Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. John P. Holdren; sixteen-year-old high school junior from Richardson, Texas, Amy Chyao; West Philadelphia High School student Brandon Fo...
Keywords: Who -- Lori Garver; Who -- Charles Bolden; What -- Phoenix; Where -- Montana; Where -- Arizona; Where -- Texas; Where -- Washington
|Snowcover in the U.S. Midwest : Image of the Day - NASA -- Image courtesy Liam Gumley, modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Atmosphere Team, www.ssec.wisc.edu/ University of Wisconsin-Madison|
This false-color image shows the current extent of snow cover over the north-central and northeastern United States. This scene was acquired on January 2, 2001, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft, and processed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's MODIS direct broadcast receiving facility. At visible wavelengths of light (e.g., 0.66 microns), snow cover is as bright as clouds and is therefore difficult to distinguish from cloud...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Wisconsin
|Smoke from Fires in Central America Drifts over Texas: Image of the Day - NASA -- Images courtesy Jacques Descloitres, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html SeaWiFS Project, NASA GSFC, and ORBIMAGE|
Smoke from widespread fires in tropical Mexico and Central America appears to be drifting over the U.S. Gulf States. In 1998 similar circumstances resulted in air-quality warnings being issued in several U.S. states, including Texas and Louisiana. The top image shows smoke and fires (red pixels) observed by the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite...
Keywords: What -- Terra; Where -- Gulf of Mexico; Where -- Texas; Where -- Louisiana; Where -- Guatemala; Where -- Belize; Where -- Honduras; Where -- United States of America
|Hellas Planitia - NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/International Research School of Planetary Sciences|
This image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers a small portion of the northwest quadrant of Hellas Planitia on Mars. With a diameter of about 1,400 miles and a depth reaching the lowest elevations on Mars, Hellas is one of the largest impact craters in the solar system. The area has a number of unusual features, which are thought to be quite old because of the high crater density...
Keywords: What -- High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment HiRISE; What -- Mars; What -- Crater
|Chile's Chaiten Volcano Erupts : Image of the Day - NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day|
Three days after its surprise eruption on May 2, the Chaiten volcano of southern Chile was still pumping out dense clouds of ash. The plume stretches east from the peak in this pair of images, taken on May 5, 2008, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. The top image shows the region in photo-like true color. The ash-laden volcanic plume is slightly grayer in tone than the bright white clouds that are piled al...
Keywords: What -- Terra; What -- Visible Light; What -- FAST; What -- Earth; Where -- Chile; Where -- Argentina; Where -- Atlantic Ocean; Where -- Japan; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
|Preparing for the Unknown - NASA|
NASA's Desert RATS, or Research and Technology Studies, team made its 13th trip to the desert for another round of analog testing. The Desert RATS tests offer a chance for a NASA-led team of engineers, astronauts and scientists to conduct technology development research in the Arizona desert. The location offers a good stand-in for destinations for future planetary exploration missions. This year's tests take place Aug...
Keywords: What -- Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS); Where -- Arizona